Hypertension affects as many as 75 million Americans — and many more who don’t know they have the condition. At Premier Cardiology Consultants, the board-certified physicians offer on-site diagnostics and treatments to keep your blood pressure under control. At the offices in New Hyde Park on Long Island, and Forest Hills, Rochdale, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, the skilled medical team provides customized care to protect your heart and your overall health. Schedule a blood pressure check today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online today.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that develops when the pressure of your blood flow against the artery walls is too high. When blood pressure remains high for too long, it can put you at risk of long-term health issues, including heart attacks and strokes.
There are two main types of hypertension. In primary hypertension, your blood pressure is high for no specific reason. This condition usually develops gradually over many years.
In secondary hypertension, your blood pressure stays high because of an underlying medical condition, such as:
You can also develop hypertension if you take certain types of medications, including over-the-counter cold medicines and birth control pills.
Your risk for hypertension increases as you get older or if you have a family history of the condition. You may also be at increased risk if you’re overweight or lack physical activity in your daily routine.
Hypertension presents no symptoms until your condition becomes life-threatening. When your blood pressure remains high for too long, you may experience symptoms like:
For this reason, it’s important to have routine blood pressure screenings to identify the condition in the earliest stages. The Premier Cardiology Consultants team offers routine blood pressure checks that are quick and painless and that can protect your heart health.
During your evaluation for hypertension, your Premier Cardiology Consultants provider assesses your overall health and reviews your personal and family medical history.
Initially, you may need to make lifestyle and dietary changes to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Engaging in physical activity daily and eating a heart-healthy, low-salt diet helps you maintain a healthy weight and can improve blood flow. If you smoke, your Premier Cardiology Consultants can recommend resources to help you quit.
If these changes aren’t enough to control high blood pressure, your Premier Cardiology Consultants doctor may prescribe medications that can.
They also can help you address underlying health issues that contribute to your hypertension and schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your blood pressure.
If you have a family history of hypertension or need help keeping your blood pressure under control, schedule a consultation at Premier Cardiology Consultants today by phone or by using the online booking feature.